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Newly appointed chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, right, has been a vocal critic of U.S. policies on net neutrality. (James MacDonald/Bloomberg News)
Newly appointed chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, right, has been a vocal critic of U.S. policies on net neutrality. (James MacDonald/Bloomberg News)

New FCC head Ajit Pai could influence Canada’s net neutrality policies Add to ...

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Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. telecommunications regulator has taken aim at net neutrality rules, a move that could have an influence on policy in Canada.

Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. Following a fraught, politically charged process, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed the Open Internet Order in 2015. That reclassified Internet service as a public utility and cracked down on “fast lanes” by banning Internet providers from accepting payment in exchange for prioritizing certain traffic.

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